A rarefied, separate entity.

Is it still possible to produce avant garde music? R. Murray Schafer has suggested that the concept of music as a rarefied, separate entity, something to be enjoyed exclusively in aesthetic terms, is a concept unique to Western thought — and a concept of recent origin. He suggests that “In many cultures the word ‘music’ does not exist at all”; that in other cultural environments “music is effortlessly associated with dance, with physical tasks, with social festivities and celebrations of all kinds.” In European culture, by coctrast, “What makes it special is its abstraction from daily life, its exclusivity.” (105)

From Dummy by R.J. Wheaton